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POEM: 'The rich should help the poor, the strong should help the weak.'

• LORENA ROBINSON,  who lives in La Salle, writes: “I wrote this in hope that others will think of the poor and less fortunate and have a heart.”

CHRISTMAS
Christmas is the best time of the year
for every boy and girl ... but think again.

What about the children down the street
whose family has barely enough to eat?
Do you know someone without a car
who can't go to church because the walk is too far?
What about the men in jail
who rarely, if ever, get any mail?
Or the homeless kitten at  your door
who asks for food, and nothing more?
What can we do to improve their lot?

Maybe we should give more to the Food Pantry,
where food is free for those who are hungry.
The homeless can go to PADS for a place to sleep,
But if PADS should run short of funds,
the people may have to sleep in cars, under a bridge or in a tent
because they can't afford a room to rent.

The rich should help the poor, the strong should help the weak.
So each day, when  you get up, ask the Lord what you should do
to help those less fortunate than you.

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